Rodgers – Sturridge will not be fit for England duty

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has insisted that even if striker Daniel Sturridge is fit enough to make any form of return this weekend the player will then not be able to play for England, according to Sky Sports.

Sturridge was on England duty when he suffered a thigh injury during a training session and was subsequently ruled out until now.

Liverpool have travelled to Switzerland to face Basel without their main man but hope that the striker, who has 32 goals in 46 league games for the club, can play some part when they host West Brom at Anfield on Saturday.

However, Brendan Rodgers has said Sturridge will not be fit enough to take part in England’s games at home to San Marino and Estonia away, even claiming the injury was’ preventable’.

He said: “Whether he is available for West Brom or not, he won’t be fit. We are hoping he can train with the team on Thursday.

“We hope he’ll be available on Saturday. But if you are talking about a player’s availability for England, they need to be fit to play and Daniel will not be fit to play.”

While this is the view of Rodgers England manager Roy Hodgson may still chose to call upon Sturridge in his 25 man squad and have the England medical team run their own checks over the striker.

Should he not be fit it is likely that Danny Welbeck will continue to play a more central role in his absence.

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